I worry that if I get an Echo, I'll become even more Narcissus-istic than I already am.
Carrie, that one was for you. I'll keep working on my one liners.
The moment the Echo came out, people started making art with Alexa. Here's The Listeners, the first Alexa project I was ever aware of, from John Cayley and collaborators, which has now been updated multiple times.
Here's an opinionated and informative overview of the space by Jessi Hempel.
In 2017 I will get one, because I also want to design for voice on these new platforms.
While I'm thinking of pioneers who have passed away, I highly recommend Wired For Speech by Cliff Nass and Scott Brave. (Cliff is the deceased pioneer. The book's subtitle: "how voice activates and advances the human-computer relationship.") Their findings can be weaponized now. Is that a good or bad development? To be continued!
PS: I hung a poster of this painting by Waterhouse in my college dorm, and earlier this year I temporarily resurrected it, along with an early Yes album cover, to decorate the upstairs hall while Valerie and I were downsizing. Narcissus also has a cameo in a discussion of this art project: When I Think About You I Text Myself.